What is the course about?
An introduction to the history and performance of burlesque, with the aim of creating your own performance routine by the end of the course. Explore the different styles of burlesque and elements including walking in heels, burlesque dance, characterisation and stage presence, music, costuming, props, hair, makeup and the art of the tease.
What will we cover?
We will learn about the history and modern revival of this empowering and expressive performance artform. We will learn the fundamentals of Burlesque posture, posing and dance movement, exploring different styles & characters. We will consider the practical elements of burlesque costuming, hair and makeup. We will practice burlesque stage skills including stage presence, tease, costume manipulation and working with props.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discover the variety of cultural influences which have shaped Burlesque’s history throughout the 20th century including the important figures in the history of Burlesque.
Discover your personal freedom of expression through increased awareness of posture, style and movement.
Demonstrate your stage presence, deportment and walking style.
Handle various elements of costume with confidence.
Perform playful, elegant and sophisticated routines.
Recognise your ability to tantalise and tease.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners - no particular skills required.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In class you will work as a whole group, in small groups and individually. During this course you will be guided through creating your own burlesque act, which you should practice at home. If you wish to participate in the end-of-course show, you will need to provide your own costume and makeup.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Wear comfortable clothing to class that does not restrict or hide your movement (leggings and a vest top is ideal). Heeled shoes are preferred for burlesque. Wear heels to class that you are comfortable walking and dancing in. If you wish to participate in the end-of-course show, you will need to provide your own costume and makeup.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details